There has been a lot of speculation about who the Miami Dolphins will take with the 12th selection in the upcoming NFL draft. They could trade up, they could trade down, or they could take any one of a number of players should they decide to stay at 12.
But what is the best option? I want to officially throw my hat into the ring of Tyler Eifert.
MDD Assistant Editor: Garrett Baker
The top three offensive tackles will be gone by 12, so let’s get that out of the way. Defensive end is a possibility, but I think there’s enough depth to justify waiting and getting one later. Same goes for cornerback.
Johnathan Cooper is intriguing because of his ability to block in a zone-blocking scheme, but a guard isn’t worth the 12th pick when you already have three capable starters. Tavon Austin is too small and the Dolphins really don’t need a receiver any more.
In my book, that leaves Tyler Eifert as the best candidate for the Dolphins. He brings so many things to the team which they desperately need right now, even after signing Dustin Keller, who is athletic but smaller and can’t block.
Firstly, he is a high-character kid who gives it his all every down, which is exactly the kind of football player Joe Philbin is looking for. He went to Notre Dame, is used to being on national television all the time, and has gone through the pre-draft process smoothly.
But on the football field, there are so many reasons to love Eifert for Miami. The Dolphins currently don’t have a starting receiver or tight end who is over 6’2″. Eifert, at 6’6″, would give the offense an entirely new dimension.
He has long arms and times his jumps well, making him adept at winning jump balls. He has great hands and a wide catch radius, which will make him a reliable option for Tannehill when he gets in trouble. Eifert will also go over the middle and make tough catches in traffic, which Keller won’t do.
Eifert is also a willing and capable blocker, which will help protect Tannehill even further. He is strong enough to hold his own on the outside in pass protection, which is something Keller is poor at, but he can also get on the move and lead his running back upfield while looking to make a big block and clear the path.
All in all, taking Eifert at 12 brings value and adds an entirely new dimension to Miami’s offense. He would help Tannehill’s development immensely. The other positions which Miami may look at in the first round are the deepest in the draft, so they could still get a good talent at those positions a couple rounds later.